Hispanic Studies
Department Chair:
Sebastiaan Faber
Peters Hall 404

Administrative Assistant:
Blanche Villar

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5256
Fax: (440) 775-6888

Peters Hall 301
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Carmen (Patty) Tovar

Carmen (Patty) Tovar

Visiting Assistant Professor

Contact Information


Peters Hall G33
(440) 775-6535

Personal Office Hours:
Wednesday and Friday 3:00-4:00 and by appointment.

Patty (Carmen) Tovar

Carmen (Patty) Tovar

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Psychology and Chicano Studies, Cal State Northridge, 2000
  • Master of Arts, University of California, Irvine, 2003
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Irvine, 2008

Research and Teaching Interests:

Latin American Literature and Critical Theory; 20th-21st C. Mexican Literature; Representations of urban space in the Latin American Novel; The Novel as social mapping; Formation and preservation of collective memory after traumatic historical moments in Latin America (i.e. Tlatelolco in Mexico and Southern Cone Dictatorships); Cognitive approaches to individual and social memory; (Dys)Functions of Memorials and Museums; Narratives on Gender and Contemporary Latin American Women Writers; Religious syncretism in Latin American cultures; Poetry (as performance). 

Courses Taught:

Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Grammar and  Composition
Latin American Cityscapes

Teaching Philosophy:

For each one of my classes, I develop a particular strategy that takes into consideration the learning goals of the students. My courses are designed to provide students with ample opportunity to build their command of the language, exercise their critical thinking skills, and add to their knowledge of Hispanic cultures. I strive to reach a balance between a challenging class and a relaxed environment open to inquiry and risk-taking. Overall, I view teaching as journey of learning and growth for both my students and myself.


“La disyunción de significantes urbanos en La región más transparente de Carlos Fuentes,” Revista Iberoamericana, (Forthcoming).

"Procesos sociales y psicológicos en Los días y los años de Luis González de Alba" (under review).

"Aspectos fenemenológicos en Y retiemble sus centros la tierra de Gonzalo Celorio" (under review).